Takashi Watanabe was born July 22 1957 in Sapporo Hokkaido Japan. He is an animator and director best known for the Slayers tv series in the 90s and more recently the series Shakugan no Shana. He married animator Miyata Naomi in 1989. Watanabe joined Top Craft while still attending Tokai University uppon the formation of Ghibli he became free and joined later Gallop. In 1996 Watanabe his wife Miyata Naomi and art director Katou Hiroshi formed the anime production group NekoNanbanTei .